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piano player

a mechanical device that actuates the keys of a player piano.
Origin of piano player
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If I do not at once obey, he moves his little hands like a piano-player and begs tatata, tatata, imitating the music.

  • He's going to read--and I'm to be allowed a piano, and a piano-player.

    Lady Connie Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The piano-player bangs and thumps his hideously-wiry instrument.

  • It rests with the public to say whether they prefer the gramophone to the singer, the piano-player to the accomplished pianist.

    Chats on Old Clocks Arthur Hayden
  • The concept is to the physicist what a musical note is to a piano-player.

  • He quite knew that to dally with the piano-player while smoking a high-class cigar was to insult the cigar.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • And lest she should begin to thank him he got out of his chair and went up to the piano-player—making that noise!

  • And rather than be balked of it, he turns to the less sophisticated mechanism of the piano-player.

    The Joyful Heart Robert Haven Schauffler
  • The piano-player rose from his neglected instrument and caught him also.

    Woven with the Ship Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • For this, in passing through the piano-player, is almost reduced to a frigid astronomical basis.

    The Joyful Heart Robert Haven Schauffler
British Dictionary definitions for piano-player

piano player

another name for pianist
any of various devices for playing a piano automatically
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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